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AI job search tips: 9 AI tools to help you land your next job

AI resume builders are just the tip of the robot.

By Kiera Abbamonte · April 13, 2023
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From writing your resume for you to automating networking emails, there are tons of ways AI can help streamline your job search. But more importantly, AI can also help you cut through the noise, secure interviews, and impress hiring managers—as long as you use it well.

According to a recent report from ResumeBuilder, 7 in 10 job seekers who use ChatGPT saw a higher response rate from hiring managers (78% secured an interview, and 59% went on to get hired). But there are also a lot of bad ways to use AI for job searching, so I scoured the trove of AI job search tools, use cases, and how-tos out there to find the best options. These are the nine tools I'll use next time I'm looking for a job—I hope they help you too. 

How to use AI to find and land a job

There are hundreds of impressive AI-powered job search tools out there. I haven't done in-depth testing on all of them, but the ones I feature below all are well-reviewed and worked as promised in my limited experience with them. If you find that the tool itself isn't quite right for you, don't write off the intention behind the app—keep searching till you find the one that works for you.

1. AI resume builders (to help draft and format your resume)

Condensing an entire job into three high-impact bullet points is no easy feat, and if you're like most humans, there's nothing you dread more than talking about yourself. I've easily lost hours staring at a blinking cursor, writing, deleting, rewriting, condensing—and on and on.

An AI resume writer—like Kickresume, Rezi, and Skillroads—will do most of that work for you. All you need to do is fill in your job title. Then the AI resume builder will use AI (in Kickresume's case, GPT-4) to come up with relevant bullet points. You can ask the tool to generate as many bullets as you need, then choose those most relevant to your actual work experience. The tools can also write your resume summary, education, skills, and other sections.

GIF of how Kickresume works
Source: Kickresume

Once the writing part is handled, you choose from a bunch of design templates and customize colors, fonts, and more to make it feel true to your personal brand.

Example of AI customization on Kickresume
Source: Kickresume

Here's an example of a completed AI-generated resume from Kickresume:

Example of an AI-generated resume
Source: Kickresume

AI resume tools will pull together a draft that's most of the way there for you to work with. Then all you have to do is edit and add your unique-as-a-snowflake personality.

2. AI job matching tools (to help you find good-fit roles)

Sorting through job listings, hunting down requirements and salary ranges, and doing your due diligence on the company culture all eat up valuable energy you could be spending on impressing hiring managers and securing the right role.

That's where AI job matching platforms can help: they use AI to match you with job listings likely to be a good fit for both sides, based on your skills, experience, and what you're looking for in a company or position. Platforms like Talentprise and—if you're looking for a remote position—Pyjama Jobs are good options here. Another platform, Fortay, even offers a quiz to help you narrow in on companies with the right culture fit for you.

With Talentprise, for example, you'll complete a series of questions on your preferences for a job (like location, willingness to relocate, remote vs. in-office, and when you're available to start) and fill out your "biography," which covers resume stuff like work experience, skills, and education. Then, you'll complete the Talentprise assessment, which measures personality and work traits, along with your values and motivation, to create a holistic profile for you.

Talentprise ratings for Kiera
Talentprise profile for Kiera

Then Talentprise's AI matches you with relevant job listings on the site and surfaces your profile to those recruiters. So once you complete your profile, "applying" to best-fit jobs is as close to a passive endeavor as you could hope for.

3. AI resume optimization tools (to tailor your resume for specific roles)

The reality of applying for jobs now is much different from what it was a decade ago. Today, many recruiters and hiring managers rely on algorithms and automated applicant tracking systems (ATS) to scan applicant resumes for the right keywords. If those terms don't feature in your resume, you may get kicked to the "no thanks" pile well before a human ever sets eyes on your application—even if your skills and experience are actually a perfect fit.

AI optimization tools like Jobscan and SkillSyncer ensure your resume makes it past discerning ATS algorithms and into the "interview please" pile.

These tools compare your resume, cover letter, and even LinkedIn profile against the keywords found in the job listing you select. They rate how well your resume matches with the role and offer suggestions for how to better optimize your resume for each job.

Here's what a match rate report looks like in Jobscan.

Match rate report from Jobscan

And here are some of the tips the tool offered to optimize the resume in question, based on the job listing.

Hard skills report from Jobscan
Recruiter tips report from Jobscan

4. AI cover letter generators (to write a cover letter draft)

Writing personalized cover letters for each role is possibly the biggest time suck when applying to jobs—but it's also necessary to make an impression. AI-powered cover letter generators like Kickresume and CoverDoc.ai (which was one of our 2023 No-Code Day Contest winners!) make the process a whole lot faster and easier.


Provide some basic details about the job you're applying for, your writing style, and your LinkedIn profile, and the tool will generate a personalized cover letter draft for you. Here's what CoverDoc came up with based on my own LinkedIn profile and the job listing from the screenshot above.

An example cover letter from CoverDoc.ai
I'd change a thing or two, but it's a solid start!

A specialized AI cover letter tool like CoverDoc streamlines the prompt process, but if you're already comfortable using another tool, just about any generative AI writing tool can take care of your cover letter too.

I hope it goes without saying that you'll need to review and edit the cover letter to make sure it accurately reflects your skills and experiences and showcases your personality. But starting with a solid draft from an AI tool can be a huge boost in the initial stages of the job application process.

5. GPT Google Sheets add-on (to personalize networking at scale)

Networking—when done in a tasteful, genuine way—can be an effective way to connect with potential employers and industry contacts. But it can be challenging to personalize these messages at scale. That's why most cold outreach is, well, crap.

One approach is to use the GPT for Sheets add-on to generate personalized outreach messages en masse within Google Sheets. Input a list of recipients and some basic information about each person (e.g., their name, job title, and company), and the tool will generate a unique message for each person based on this data.

GPT for Sheets add-on in action
Source: Expandi

In a post on Expandi's blog, Ilya Azovtsev shares a detailed how-to for using the add-on. Azovtsev also shares how you can use AI to personalize outreach messaging based on the recipient's LinkedIn profile, tweets, psychological AI, and post engagement. (The article focuses on selling via LinkedIn, but the tactics apply to networking of any kind, via any channel.)

Finished product from GPT for Sheets
Source: Expandi

Once again, you'll need to review each message and make sure it's authentic to who you are as a professional, but this tool can streamline the outreach process by a massive amount.

6. Zapier (to automatically draft emails)

If you've been job hunting for a while, you've probably found yourself drafting nearly identical email responses to recruiters and hiring managers over and over. It's tedious, but short of using the same email template for every response—not usually a winning strategy—what can you do?

Zapier can connect your Gmail inbox with GPT to automate bespoke emails. Using the same process outlined in this blog post on using GPT and Zapier to write emails, you can use AI to generate unique follow-ups, thank-you emails, and other job hunt responses you frequently need.

Create email copy with OpenAI from new Gmail emails and save as drafts in Gmail

Create email copy with OpenAI from new Gmail emails and save as drafts in Gmail
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Gmail + OpenAI (GPT-3, DALL-E, Whisper)

When you receive an email from a recruiter or hiring manager, you can mark it as, say, "job hunt." Once you add the label to an email, the automation pulls that information and uses it to generate a prompt for GPT. Then, Zapier uses the GPT response to create a draft in your Gmail.

So in a matter of minutes, and all behind the scenes, you have a fully drafted email ready to go—all you have to do is review and hit send.

Zapier is a no-code automation tool that lets you connect your apps into automated workflows, so that every person and every business can move forward at growth speed. Learn more about how it works.

7. AI-powered interview coaching tools (for interview practice and feedback)

Interviews can be nerve-racking, but AI-powered interview coaching tools like Interview Warmup from Google can help you practice and get feedback in a low-stakes environment.

These tools simulate a real interview and give you personalized feedback based on your responses. It can help you identify areas where you need to improve, like body language, tone of voice, or specific interview questions you struggled with.

By practicing with these tools, you'll feel more confident and prepared for those higher-stakes real interviews. You'll also have a better sense of what to expect, which can help calm your nerves and let you focus on nailing that first impression.

8. AI-powered negotiation tools (to get the best offer)

Negotiating your salary can be a fraught process—especially if you're not sure what a fair salary range looks like for your position and experience. AI-powered compensation tools like Payscale can help.

These tools use AI to analyze data from thousands of job listings and salary surveys to provide you with an estimate of what you should earn based on details like the job title and your experience, education, and location. They can also offer insight into the benefits and perks you should ask for—like flexible hours or remote work options. Plus, you can fill out granular information on any existing job offers you have to see how they stack up.

Payscale salary match

By using these tools to research salaries before you sit down at the negotiating table, you'll have a better sense of what to expect and be better equipped to make a strong case for what you deserve.

9. Your brain (for being a human) 

AI can add a ton of speed—and scale—to your job hunt. But quick reminder: both you and the hiring manager are human. When you're applying to and interviewing for a new job, your application materials need to speak to who you are and what you're looking for in a role and company. And they need to be honest: your new company will figure it out very quickly if you don't actually have the skills and strengths the robot made it sound like you have.

While AI can help you move more quickly, it's always worth investing the time to ensure the results represent you, the human. Not to mention, other applicants will be using AI, too, so if you don't humanize your application materials, you won't be able to cut through the noise.

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